Nice! I’m going to pick up a Sandtana this weekend and the plan is to put the cabin on a 85-88 Toyota 4×4 chassis, lift it and remodel the interior. It should be a fun project as I caught the bug this year by buying an 89 Toyota Sunrader RV. It’s cool how many people are interested in these fun old vehicles and have offered to buy mine.
Eventually I want to make mine 4×4 too. Just need to find some more time. Sounds fun!
Hi Chris- Did you pick up that Sandtana? I’d love to see photos and hear your thoughts about it. I’ve got a 1982 that’s a total re-do. I started a website for Sandtana owners to share, since it’s so hard to find info on them. If you’d care to post pix or ideas to the site, that would be great! Here’s the link, and let me know if you want me to give you access to make a post: https://toyotasandtana.wordpress.com/
I guess I’m not the only one with a Toyota Tiltop who’s renovated the interior and scrapped the tent canvas. I’d love to show you some pics of what I did if I can find a way -I will share with you. Cheers!
Yes, I’d like to see them.
Hey Rufus, how can I send them to you?
I would love to see your photos. Did you ever figure out a way to share them? I have a Sandtana that is a total re-do, and I’d love some inspiration. I’ll try to put up a webpage of all my “before” photos and share the link here.
You could upload them to flickr or some other photo sharing website and send me a link? Probably too big to email?
I am also looking at buying a sandtana to remodel, and would love to see your picks!
I haven’t picked it up yet but getting a 1982 2wd Toyota Sandtana. Any of you had to do repairs to the exterior siding? I also noticed the underside is a weak point. As soon as I pick it up I will start a flickr account as well. I am in San Jose, California
Okay, let’s see if this Flikr album works. I have lots of works to do on this thing. Just picked it up yesterday and the more I look at it, the more I I feel overwhelmed. I would really like to talk with other owners to learn what challenges and solutions they came up with in the restoration process.
Nice, is that the one from Aptos? Looks like a fun project!
Looks like a fun project. Have you checked out the Toyota Motorhome forums? There’s links at the top of the page.
Adam. Yes it is the Aptos. And a project indeed. Did you look at it? Lots of things I didn’t see until I brought it home of course. Like the fence gate hinges on the top. There is (or was) another in Moss Beach for $500.
Rufus. Thanks. I didn’t notice the “links” hyperlink before you pointed it out. I am like you. Eventually, I want to do 4×4. I think my biggest concern right now is the rear axle. Notice it is a single and looks like the third one above “Socal Chill” The first one above however has a dually rear end. Not sure what came with it. What axle do you have in the rear rufus?
Okay, so after reading the axle literature, the first sandtana pictured above with dual wheels is actually the 5 lug rear (which I have). Possible all the ones with single rear wheels, removed the dual wheels thinking they would be safer from axle failure. Now just realized I need to also change the rear axle to 6 lug. Uhgggg!
I found this on eBay. A really nice sandtana in Rhode island. Check it out now: http://r.ebay.com/Fzhx8n
Hi Kirk, I am the one with the Moss Beach Sandtana. I’ll try to get some “before” pictures posted on a webpage over the next few days, and share the link here. Maybe we could share a webpage to track progress and ask for suggestions or ideas, etc. Might be good motivation for me! My Sandtana is a piece of work. It needs a new roof, which I guess has to be my first project. Other than also needing a rear axle replacement, it is in great shape mechanically. Tons of work was done under the hood last year.
I have a 1984 toyota sandtana
and i know nothing about them,
are they rare and hard to find?
its pretty clean and runs good, whats the price range they sell for?
just trying find some info on them and can’t find any.
please let me know it would be much appreciated
Michelle, Is yours a 2wd or 4wd? How many lug nuts do the wheels have? A 22R or 22RE? The lug nut question is the most important. The rear axles on the early 80s toyota rvs can fail and fly off while you are going down the road. Might be just fine but it’s a concern. This costs approx $2000-$3000 to find a upgraded rear end and have it installed. So, if your Sandtana’s rear end is upgraded, that’s a plus in value. If not, that’s and expense the buyer risks incurring. If yours is a 4wd, even better but it all boils down to this is a very compact unit – no shower, not much room for kids. It’s a 1982. There’s issues – worn seats, worn, carpet, something needing repair or refurbishing. It all takes time and money. I could have purchased a newer, turnkey toyota RV with shower and upgraded rear end for what I will have into it doing all the work myself. The point is, the value is $3500, $2500, $1500, $500 whatever someone is willing to pay but you have to understand in most cases the buyer will be invested thousands more on top of the purchase price. Where are you located Michelle?
Hello Kirk, how many lug nuts should the back axel have?
Hi to all who are interested in Sandtanas … there is not a lot of information out there about them. Apparently they were only in business for a few years in the early 80s (someone correct me if that’s wrong). As a result, there aren’t that many Sandtanas still around. As far as I (and Google) can tell, there isn’t really one page anywhere that’s just focused on Sandtanas. So, I started a blog site like this one, since it’s so clean and easy to navigate. Thanks for the inspiration, Rufus! I think I can change the settings to allow anyone to post to the blog. So if some of you good folks with an interest in Sandtanas want to come on over, it could be a place where we share photos, ideas, questions, and technical knowledge about our little RVs.
Here’s the link: https://toyotasandtana.wordpress.com/
I just made my first post, and I’ll be posting several more photos and thoughts over the next few days. If anyone wants to make a post, share photos, etc., let me know and I’ll set it up so you can post to the site.
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